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Christchurch and Banks Peninsula Sightseeing Tour

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    What to Expect
    This tour is specifically designed for cruise ship passengers arriving in Akaroa with a desire for a memorable experience, including panoramic photo opportunities, shopping, food, and a variety of activities of your choice.

    Upon arrival in Akaroa, please report to the Akaroa French Connection kiosk to check in and receive your boarding pass.  Then simply board our tour coach and prepare for the journey of a lifetime. Sit back, relax, and experience the magical wonders of Akaroa, Christchurch City and the panoramic views of the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps.

    The coach captain will provide informative commentary of the local history of Akaroa as your depart and travel to Christchurch City passing through Takamatua, Robins Bay, Davauchelles and Barry’s Bay. Travel up the hill to the Hill Top Tavern and cast eyes over the picturesque views of Akaroa.

    Tour duration: 10.00am – 16.25pm
    • 10.30am depart Akaroa Wharf
    • 1st stop – Little River – 10-15 minutes - Little River is approximately 30 minutes’ drive from Akaroa, a tourist destination on Banks Peninsula, and 45 minutes’ drive from Christchurch City. It’s a great place to visit for walks and mountain biking, and is a very popular stop over for its cafe and art gallery.
    • 2nd stop – Sign of the Takahe – arrive at approx. 12.30pm – 15 minutes – an opportunity to take photos of the Canterbury Plains, Southern Alps, Brighton Beach, and Christchurch City.
    • 3rd stop – Canterbury Museum (coach captain will explain activity options)
    • 2.50pm – board the tour coach at the Canterbury Museum in preparation for 3pm departure returning to Akaroa Wharf.
    • 4.25pm – arrival at Akaroa Wharf – board your cruise ship.

    From the Sign of the Takahe, travel through Christchurch city and see the impact of earthquake damage and the center city rebuilt.

    On arrival at the Canterbury Museum, disembark the coach and enjoy free time to experience the local activities of your choice, including the Botanical Gardens, Canterbury Museum, Gothic-styled Arts Centre, Art Gallery, Punting on the Avon, The Container Mall (a temporary mall built from shipping containers after the earthquake), or ride the restored heritage Trams, one of the city’s leading attractions, allowing you to get on and off the Tram as often as you please.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Akaroa Wharf
    Departure Time
    10:30 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to the original departure point
    • Live commentary on board
    • Port pickup and drop-off
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Food and drinks
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 1 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 24 February 2019

    We did not pre-book but left the ship early to get to the kiosk on the pier. Luckily the had room for us. Scottie (?) our guide/driver was incredibly knowledgeable and entertaining. The 90 minute drive from Akaroa to Christchurch flew by and was filled...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
    Thank ArizonaTwo
    Reviewed 7 November 2018

    We did this tour in October 2018 and found it a great way to see the sights and get all the relevant information as we drove along. The driver was a local and very knowledgeable. We had time to walk about Christchurch before returning to...More

    Date of experience: October 2018
    Thank Default7262018
    Reviewed 23 April 2018

    This was another excursion we pre-booked independently prior to leaving the UK because the cruise ship excursions were much more expensive. Many are put off making independent arrangements by being reminded that if you book a trip directly with the cruise, the ship will wait...More

    Date of experience: March 2018
    Thank lovetrav_9
    Reviewed 29 January 2018

    This tour is for those who enjoy beautiful scenery. Christchurch is a 1.5 hour drive from Akaroa cruise port. This drive is a feast for the eyes. Our tour guide was knowledgeable, personable, and patient. We got off the bus at an area overlooking the...More

    Date of experience: January 2018
    1  Thank mtntops2015
    Reviewed 11 December 2017 via mobile

    I took this tour the other day with Bruce, our guide. The tour was really busy. They had to put on a second bus. It's a good couple of hour drive to Akoroa and there was a continuous commentary. I personally think it was a...More

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    27 August 2019|
    Response from Debra101 |
    If you book this trip with the cruise ship and it doesn't arrive due to poor weather the ship will refund you the cost. Christchurch we just walked around and you see the Banks Peninsula from the bus stopping for photos on... More
    5 February 2019|
    Response from Default7262018 | Reviewed this property |
    We did a cruise in this area last October. I am not sure if you are also on a cruise or whether you are arriving on land? If you are on a cruise you will anchor near Banks Peninsula, if arriving by land you will no doubt be... More
    5 February 2019|
    Response from Default7262018 | Reviewed this property |
    Same as my previous answer, but would like to add that the tour operators were asking top dollar on the day so there won't be much discounting I would imagine.
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